Educational Leadership

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership is for educators who wish to become leaders at the school (principal, assistance principal) and/or district level (supervisor, director, assistant superintendent and superintendent). The program of study will focus on both the theory and practice of contemporary school leadership. This program includes a six-credit internship, through which students have the opportunity to apply experience and further develop their leadership abilities in a real-life education setting.

Degree Requirements

The M.Ed. degree requires 42 credit hours.

Phase I
AD 680 Leadership Seminar
AD 683 Leadership Theories and Practices in Education
ED 600 Foundations of Research in Education
ED 601 Philosophical Foundations of Diversity in Social Justice in Education

Phase II
AD 662 Leadership, Supervision, and Professional Development
AD 668 School Law 
AD 674 Human Relations and the Culturally Proficient School Leader
AD 681 Organizational Development in Education
AD 686 The Instructional Leader and Assessing Student Learning
AD 776 Theory and Research on Educational Leadership
AD 650 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Leadership

Phase III: Electives (select one of the following courses)
AD 682 Technology for School Leaders
AD 684 Resource Management
AD 932 Special Education Law and Compliance for School Leaders

Phase IV: Internship
AD 688 Internship in Educational Leadership I (fall only)
AD 689 Internship in Educational Leadership II (spring only)


The internship is the capstone experience for students in either the M.Ed. or the certificate program in Educational Leadership. The purpose of the internship is twofold: to provide an opportunity for students to apply and develop their conceptual knowledge and understanding of educational leaderships under the guidance of an experienced school leader; and to provide an opportunity to assess and evaluate the performance of the intern in a real administrative and leadership context. M.Ed. students must have 33 credits completed before being able to take the internship, while certificate students need to have completed 15 credits prior to the internship.

Completion Time

The educational leadership program may be taken full-time (to be completed in 18-24 months) or part-time (to be completed in 2-5 years).

Program Outcomes

Participants will obtain the Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Participation provides eligibility for certification as an Administrator I (Assistant in Administration, Supervisor in Instruction, or Supervisor in Central Administration). Students seeking Administrator II (Principal) certification are required to successfully complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment exam.